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November 01, 2017
ENERGY TECH
Cobalt and tungsten the key to cheaper, cleaner hydrogen



Tarragona, Spain (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Electrolysis, splitting the water molecule with electricity, is the cleanest way to obtain hydrogen, a clean and renewable fuel. Now, researchers at ICIQ and URV, led by Prof. Jose Ramon Galan-Mascaros, designed a new catalyst that reduces the cost of electrolytic hydrogen production. Catalysts reduce the amount of electricity needed to break the chemical bonds, speed up the reaction and minimise the energy waste. 'Normally, hydrogen is obtained from using a cheap process called steam reforming. B ... read more

SOLAR DAILY
Scientists elevate quantum dot solar cell world record
Golden CO (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) established a new world efficiency record for quantum dot solar cells, at 13.4 percent. Colloid ... more
ENERGY TECH
Piezoelectrics stretch their potential with a method for flexible sticking
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Piezoelectric materials are used for applications ranging from the spark igniter in barbeque grills to the transducers needed by medical ultrasound imaging. Thin-film piezoelectrics, with dimensions ... more
TECH SPACE
Making glass invisible
Upton NY (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
If you have ever watched television in anything but total darkness, used a computer while sitting underneath overhead lighting or near a window, or taken a photo outside on a sunny day with your sma ... more
TIME AND SPACE
Quantum dots visualize tiny vibrational resonances
Washington DC (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
In the late 18th century, Ernst Chladni, a scientist and musician, discovered that the vibrations of a rigid plate could be visualized by covering it with a thin layer of sand and drawing a bow acro ... more
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Research aims to help renewable jet fuel take flight
Newark DE (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Airplanes zoom overhead, wispy-white contrails streaming behind them. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) handled 43,684 flights, on average, every day last year, and U.S. military and commerc ... more
TECH SPACE
Discovery of a new structure family of oxide-ion conductors SrYbInO4
Tokyo, Japan (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Because some A2BO4-based materials such as (Pr,La)2(Ni,Cu,Ga)O4+d exhibit high oxide-ion conductivity, scientists at Tokyo Tech have been exploring new structure families of ABCO4-based materials as ... more
TECH SPACE
Technique offers advance in testing micro-scale compressive strength of cement
Raleigh NC (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Researchers from North Carolina State University have, for the first time, used a "micropillar compression" technique to characterize the micro-scale strength of cement, allowing for the development ... more
ENERGY TECH
New research findings could lead to safer and more powerful lithium-ion batteries
Richmond VA (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Virginia Commonwealth University researchers are working to improve conductivity and safety in lithium-ion batteries, which are used to power many electronic devices around the world, including lapt ... more
ENERGY TECH
Rapid cellphone charging getting closer to reality
Waterloo, Canada (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
The ability to charge cellphones in seconds is one step closer after researchers at the University of Waterloo used nanotechnology to significantly improve energy-storage devices known as supercapac ... more
ENERGY TECH
Microscopic defects make batteries better
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
High-performance electrodes for lithium-ion batteries can be improved by paying closer attention to their defects - and capitalizing on them, according to Rice University scientists. Rice mate ... more


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3-D-printed device builds better nanofibers
Boston MA (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Meshes made from fibers with nanometer-scale diameters have a wide range of potential applications, including tissue engineering, water filtration, solar cells, and even body armor. But their commer ... more
OIL AND GAS
U.S. trying to force its way into European energy sector, Kremlin says
Washington (UPI) Oct 31, 2017
U.S. sanctions are designed as a tool to gain leverage in the European economy and energy sector in general, Russia's foreign minister said Tuesday. ... more
OIL AND GAS
Turkmenistan sells China ice cream as energy profits melt
Ashgabat, Turkmenistan (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Reclusive Turkmenistan on Tuesday hailed its first shipment of ice cream to China as the crisis-stricken Central Asia country seeks to diversify its exports beyond hydrocarbons. ... more
OIL AND GAS
FAR Ltd. said Senegal oil may be its priority next year
Washington (UPI) Oct 31, 2017
The majority of the budget for 2018 will be targeted to the development of major oil discoveries off the coast of Senegal, FAR Ltd. said Tuesday. ... more



Japan faces challenges in cutting CO2, Moody's finds
Washington (UPI) Oct 23, 2017
Utility companies in the Japanese market face an uphill battle in meeting targets for the reduction in carbon dioxide emissions, Moody's reported Monday. Moody's Investors Service reported that Japan faces challenges in meeting its commitments to cut greenhouse gas emissions. Based on March levels, the report found emissions from the utility sector will need to be cut by as much as 50 p ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 19, 2017
IEA: An electrified world would cost $31B per year to achieve
Washington (UPI) Oct 1, 2017
'Fuel-secure' steps in Washington counterintuitive, green group says
Menlo Park CA (SPX) Sep 19, 2017
SLAC-led project will use AI to prevent or minimize electric grid failures
Cobalt and tungsten the key to cheaper, cleaner hydrogen
Tarragona, Spain (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Electrolysis, splitting the water molecule with electricity, is the cleanest way to obtain hydrogen, a clean and renewable fuel. Now, researchers at ICIQ and URV, led by Prof. Jose Ramon Galan-Mascaros, designed a new catalyst that reduces the cost of electrolytic hydrogen production. Catalysts reduce the amount of electricity needed to break the chemical bonds, speed up the reaction and minimis ... more
Houston TX (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Microscopic defects make batteries better
Richmond VA (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
New research findings could lead to safer and more powerful lithium-ion batteries
Ulsan, South Korea (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
UNIST researchers introduce novel catalyst for rechargeable metal-air batteries
New York sets high bar for wind energy
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
The state of New York aims to become a new hub for the wind energy industry with its unique geographical position and ambitions goals, a state leader said. New York ranks 11th in the nation in terms of installed wind energy capacity and is the 15th windiest. As of 2014, the state had 20 wind energy projects in service, with a total capacity of 1.8 gigawatts of capacity. The state set of ... more
Canberra, Australia (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Construction to begin on $160 million Industry Leading Hybrid Renewable Energy Project
Thuwal, Saudi Arabia (SPX) Oct 18, 2017
A kite that might fly
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
Scotland outreach to Canada yields wind energy investment
Scientists elevate quantum dot solar cell world record
Golden CO (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) established a new world efficiency record for quantum dot solar cells, at 13.4 percent. Colloidal quantum dots are electronic materials and because of their astonishingly small size (typically 3-20 nanometers in dimension) they possess fascinating optical properties. Quantum dot solar cells eme ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
Fitch: U.S. decision on Paris doesn't matter for renewable growth
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Oil-rich Alberta adding more solar components
Albuquerque NM (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
New fractal-like concentrating solar power receivers are better at absorbing sunlight
South Korea to push ahead with nuclear power plants
Seoul (AFP) Oct 20, 2017
South Korea on Friday decided to push ahead with the construction of two new nuclear reactors after months of heated debate over whether the country should start weaning itself off atomic energy. A state commission, based on a survey of 471 jurors selected across the country, recommended finishing construction of the Shin Kori-5 and Shin Kori-6 reactors near the southeastern city of Ulsan. ... more
Seoul, South Korea (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP awarded contract for safety upgrades in seven reactors
Daniken, Switzerland (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
AREVA NP installs a system allowing flexible electricity generation at Goesgen nuclear power plant
Dessel, Belgium (SPX) Oct 20, 2017
Dessel: a new step forward with the dismantling of the site
Research aims to help renewable jet fuel take flight
Newark DE (SPX) Nov 01, 2017
Airplanes zoom overhead, wispy-white contrails streaming behind them. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) handled 43,684 flights, on average, every day last year, and U.S. military and commercial flights together used over 20 billion gallons of jet fuel. All those emissions add up. World air travel contributed 815 million tons of CO2 emissions in 2016 - two percent of the global manm ... more
Champaign IL (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Expanding Brazilian sugarcane could dent global CO2 emissions
Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Stiff fibers spun from slime
Chicago IL (SPX) Oct 16, 2017
Converting carbon dioxide to carbon monoxide using water, electricity
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French foreign minister to visit Iran soon
New York (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Tuesday he will soon travel to Iran to prepare a visit by President Emmanuel Macron and raise concerns about Tehran's missile programs and regional role. The visit comes as France is hoping to salvage the nuclear deal reached between Iran and world powers after President Donald Trump refused to certify the agreement, leaving its fate to Congres ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 31, 2017
BP back in balance even if oil moves back toward $50 per barrel
Washington (UPI) Oct 31, 2017
FAR Ltd. said Senegal oil may be its priority next year
Washington (UPI) Oct 31, 2017
U.S. trying to force its way into European energy sector, Kremlin says
At climate talks, it's America alone more than America first
Washington (AFP) Oct 30, 2017
Facing 195 other countries who have chosen a different path, the task of US negotiators at upcoming climate talks in Bonn is unenviable. Donald Trump has vowed to exit the Paris Climate accord, just not yet, leaving US policy in limbo for the next three years until Washington can officially leave. So, it falls to Thomas Shannon - a respected career diplomat - to this week lead a delega ... more
Paris (AFP) Oct 31, 2017
Shortfall in climate action is 'catastrophic': UN
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Tiny chip-based methane spectrometer could help reduce greenhouse gas emissions
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
New study finds nature is vital to beating climate change
Coal still holds a slight edge as U.S. power source
Washington (UPI) Oct 17, 2017
U.S. coal production in the first half of the year is slightly lower than last year, but still holds an edge as an electricity source, the government said. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported total U.S. coal production during the first half of the year was slightly lower than the same time last year, but higher than the first half 2016. The EIA's report said declines in ... more
Sydney (AFP) Sept 22, 2017
Rio in massive share buyback after coal mines sale
Washington (UPI) Sep 15, 2017
First-ever U.S. coal shipment arrives in Ukraine
Sydney (AFP) Sept 1, 2017
Rio completes Australia coal mines sale to China's Yancoal
Space will see Communist loyalty: Chinese astronaut
Beijing (XNA) Oct 23, 2017
Jing Haipeng, the first Chinese astronaut to go into space three times, has voiced his desire to go into space again as a further demonstration of his loyalty to the Communist Party of China (CPC). "I'm eager to go to space again, be a pioneer in the battle one more time," said the 51-year-old major general and delegate to the ongoing 19th National Congress of the CPC. "Let the vastn ... more
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
China launches three satellites
Beijing (XNA) Oct 02, 2017
Mars probe to carry 13 types of payload on 2020 mission
Adelaide, Australia (XNA) Oct 03, 2017
UN official commends China's role in space cooperation
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Japan donating Beechcraft TC-90 aircraft to Philippines
Washington (UPI) Oct 27, 2017
Japan is donating five Beechcraft TC-90 training aircraft to the Philippines to help the country protect its coasts, the Nikkei Asian Review reported. Two of the aircraft are currently being leased by the Philippines while the remaining three aircraft were scheduled for lease. The newspaper quoted the Japanese ministry of defense as saying the donation will take effect in March o ... more
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
U.S., Australian aircraft to receive electronic warfare upgrades
Edwards AFB CA (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Highly flexible wings tested
Washington (UPI) Oct 26, 2017
Embraer, Sierra Nevada supplying more A-29 aircraft for Afghan air force
Energy firms back investment into diesel engine
London (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
As major carmakers shift towards electric vehicles, a group of major oil and gas firms announced Friday an investment into a diesel engine. The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI), which includes BP, Saudi Aramco, Royal Dutch Shell and Total and has a $1-billion investment fund for low-carbon technologies, said it was putting money into Achates Power. The US company promotes a high-ef ... more
San Francisco (AFP) Oct 29, 2017
Investors fuel a multibillion-dollar ride-sharing frenzy
Frankfurt Am Main (AFP) Oct 27, 2017
'Dieselgate' costs choke Volkswagen profits
Paris (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Opel drives Peugeot's sales, but China stalls
Taming 'wild' electrons in graphene
New Brunswick NJ (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Graphene - a one-atom-thick layer of the stuff in pencils - is a better conductor than copper and is very promising for electronic devices, but with one catch: Electrons that move through it can't be stopped. Until now, that is. Scientists at Rutgers University-New Brunswick have learned how to tame the unruly electrons in graphene, paving the way for the ultra-fast transport of electrons ... more
Munich, Germany (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Global CO2 emissions stalled for the third year in a row
Fort Collins CO (SPX) Oct 23, 2017
Carbon coating gives biochar its garden-greening power
Pasadena CA (JPL) Oct 16, 2017
NASA Pinpoints Cause of Earth's Recent Record Carbon Dioxide Spike
Deep-depletion: A new concept for MOSFETs
Washington DC (SPX) Oct 30, 2017
Silicon has provided enormous benefits to the power electronics industry. But performance of silicon-based power electronics is nearing maximum capacity. Enter wide bandgap (WBG) semiconductors. Seen as significantly more energy-efficient, they have emerged as leading contenders in developing field-effect transistors (FETs) for next-generation power electronics. Such FET technology would b ... more
New Haven CT (SPX) Oct 26, 2017
Resistive memory components the computer industry can't resist
Montreal, Canada (SPX) Oct 19, 2017
Nanoelectronic breakthrough may lead to more efficient quantum devices
Singapore (SPX) Oct 25, 2017
Research team led by NUS scientists breaks new ground in memory technology
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China raises bullet train speed six years after crash
Beijing (AFP) Sept 21, 2017
China on Thursday increased the maximum speed of bullet trains on the Beijing-Shanghai line to 350 kilometres (217 miles) per hour, six years after a fatal accident led to a speed cap. The speed limit had been reduced to 300 kilometres per hour after 40 people died in a high-speed train crash near Wenzhou in July 2011. The acceleration cuts the 1,318-kilometre (819-mile) Beijing-Shanghai ... more
Ahmedabad, India (AFP) Sept 10, 2017
Modi, Abe to kick-start India's first bullet train project
Washington DC (SPX) Aug 30, 2017
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New York (AFP) Aug 2, 2017
Hyperloop startup says superfast rail a reality
Dynamic catalytic converters for clean air in the city
Karlsruher, Germany (SPX) Oct 31, 2017
Reducing pollutant emission of vehicles and meeting stricter exhaust gas standards are major challenges when developing catalytic converters. A new concept might help to efficiently treat exhaust gases after the cold start of engines and in urban traffic and to reduce the consumption of expensive noble metal. It is based on the interaction between platinum and the cerium oxide carrier to control ... more
Santiago (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Chile to ban plastic bags in coastal regions
Rome (AFP) Oct 25, 2017
Schools closed over fears of toxic wind from Italy steel plant
Washington (UPI) Oct 24, 2017
Levels of microplastics in the Baltic have remained constant for 30 years
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